The Certificate of Completion/Associate Degree

Scottsdale Community College is the world’s first accredited college to offer a Certificate of Completion (CCL) and Associate degree (A.A.S.) in DJ Techniques.  Approved by the Higher Learning Commission in April 2012, the US Department of Education in October 2012, and the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board in December 2011, the DJ certificate seeks to provide DJ students with the education needed to compete in the highly competitive DJ profession.  The requirement for the Associate degree is the certificate requirements (below) plus the General Education requirements.  By earning the DJ certificate and/or Associate degree, it is hoped that DJ students will gain an edge in getting work, DJ skills, confidence, networking opportunities, an accelerated rate of success, and personal fulfillment.

It is recommended that students interested in pursuing the DJ certificate/Associate degree declare themselves as “DJ majors.”

While there are no admissions restrictions or prerequisites for the DJ certificate, students are required to maintain a 2.0 or better GPA.  A total of 33 credits are required — 27 credits are required courses and 6 credits are restricted electives.  The courses are shown below:

Required Courses
Credits: 27
MKT101 Introduction to Public Relations 3
MTC103 Introduction to Aural Perception 1
MUC109 Music Business: Merchandising and the Law 3
MUC110 Music Business: Recording and Mass Media 3
MUC135 Introduction to Disc Jockey Techniques 3
MUC136 Turntablism: The Art of the Scratch DJ 3
MUC137 Digital DJ Performance Techniques 3
MUC197 Live Sound Reinforcement I 3
+ MUC198 Live Sound Reinforcement II 3
MUC295AA Self-Promotion for Music 1
+ MUC291AA DJ Internship 1
Restricted Electives
Credits: 6
COM/THP271 Voice and Diction 3
+ COM225 Public Speaking 3
DAN115AA Contemporary Dance Trends: Hip Hop 1
DAN115AB Contemporary Dance Trends: Break Dancing 1
DAN125AC Social Dance: Latin 1
MHL145 American Jazz and Popular Music 3
MHL153 Rock Music and Culture 3
MKT210 Applied Marketing Strategies 3
+ MTC105 Music Theory I 3
+ MTC106 Aural Perception I 1
MTC191 Electronic Music I 3
+ MTC192 Electronic Music II 3
+ MUC111 Digital Audio Workstation I (DAW I) 3
+ MUC112 Digital Audio Workstation II (DAW II) 3
MUC130 Music Electronic Components 3
+ MUC194 Introduction to Audio Mixing Techniques 3
MUC195 Studio Music Recording I 3
+ MUC196 Studio Music Recording II 3
+ MUC295 Studio Music Recording III 3
+ MUC209 Music Entrepreneurship 3
TCM100 Digital Multi Media 3
TCM101 Fundamentals of Radio and TV 3
MTC/TCM120 Introduction to Sound Design for Film and Video 3
TCM131AA Radio-Television Announcing 3
TCM202 The Music Video 3
MTC/TCM220 Advanced Sound Design for Film and Video 3
TCM290 Professional Media Marketing 3
Program Competencies
1. Describe the typical construction of an industry formatted dance song and how the song’s composition relates to segueing (MUC135).
2. Explain the process of determining a song’s beats per minute and its relationship to beat mixing and dance music genres (MUC135).
3. Describe how to cue a song to prepare for a segue with an industry standard compact disc player and turntable (MUC135).
4. Identify and discuss common methods of segueing songs (MUC135).
5. Describe how to program songs to entertain a live, general audience (MUC135).
6. Describe and perform basic scratching techniques (MUC136).
7. Explain and demonstrate exercises and practices (MUC136).
8. Explain and create various components of an Artist/DJ image (MUC137).
9. Explain and demonstrate the use of various digital interfaces (MUC137).
10. Detect, through listening, rhythmic errors in a musical fragment (MTC103).
11. List structural characteristics of a melody (MTC103).
12. Identify and describe proper electrical connections (MUC197).
13. Explain the uses of equalizers and frequencies (MUC197).
14. Demonstrate speaker placement, and identify load impedance (MUC197).
15. Describe the factors taken into consideration when working with various loudspeakers and monitors (MUC198).
16. Evaluate appropriateness of personal goals and objectives to the market needs (MUC295AA).
17. Develop a self-promotion package, including a resume and business correspondence materials (MUC295AA).
18. Apply communication skills for employment interviews and in marketing DJ mixes, recordings, and performances (MUC295AA).
19. Apply basic procedures of recordkeeping and keeping a tax file (MUC295AA).
20. Apply classroom instruction to work experiences during 80 hours per credit during the semester (MUC297AB).
21. Describe the responsibilities of professional agents, artist management, and arts administration (MUC109).
22. List the organizations and the procedures which govern music copyrighting, licensing, and publishing (MUC109).
23. Describe marketing practices, production, and merchandising in the record industry operations (MUC110).
24. Develop a specific public relations program for a DJ promotion (MKT101).